Former President & CEO, INTEGRIS Health

Monthly Archives: August 2016

Some Ideas Won’t Go Away

Published in The Journal Record
July 27, 2016

“I’ll be baaaack” was the famous retort of The Terminator as played by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the first of a series of movies about aliens returning to earth to readjust history. Some people, and even some ideas, simply won’t go away. Continue reading

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Rx Meds vs Car Sales

Published in The Journal Record
June 29, 2016

Have you ever wondered why there are so many advertisements on television and radio for prescription medications? On any night of observing your favorite TV shows you will hear and see as many advertisements for prescription drugs as you do for car sales.  From indigestion pills to foot fungus ointments, apparently everything is fair game for advertisers. Continue reading

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VA versus Disneyland

Published in The Journal Record
June 1, 2016

Have you ever said anything really stupid? So stupid the moment the words came out of your mouth you wished beyond hope that you could retrieve them?  I believe Secretary Robert McDonald, head of the VA health system, had such an experience.  When questioned about the continued delay in appointment times for veterans at VA facilities his comment was that it was similar to people waiting at Disneyland.   As you can imagine, these comments were received with howls of scorn.  Clearly waiting for a gondola to Space Mountain is not the same as waiting for a medical appointment after a diagnosis of cancer. Continue reading

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Physician/Patient Disconnect

Published in The Journal Record
May 4, 2016

Do you like your doctor? Do you really like your doctor?  Fortunately, as it turns out, most of us do.

In my 40 years of health administration it’s been my privilege to know thousands of physicians. They are as a group uniformly smart, and as a group committed to their practice.  But some surveys tell us there is a growing disconnect between many of us and our physicians.   There are a number of reasons for this but I suspect the main one is time.  Physicians simply are running out of time.  Let me explain. Continue reading

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Employer-Based Health Insurance

Published in The Journal Record
April 6, 2016

I must admit I have become addicted to political talk shows this campaign season. It doesn’t take much consistent viewing to reach the conclusion that most candidates have a standard canned answer to difficult policy questions. Continue reading

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